• Chinese Grand Prix - FP2

'It is tight between the cars' - Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was 0.187s slower than Michael Schumacher in FP2 © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel believes that the field is "tight" following the Friday practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Vettel was third fastest in the afternoon session, less than 0.2s slower than Michael Schumacher's fastest time of the day. Having been so competitive in dry conditions Vettel declared himself "quite happy" but said that the team would have to work through the data to perfect its set-up due to the close nature of the rest of the field.

"It is tight between the cars," Vettel said. "I haven't seen everything, but I think overall we can be quite happy. We tried a lot of things today and now we need to go through everything and see what the best set-up is."

Having run the old exhaust layout that Red Bull used in pre-season, Vettel said it was difficult to analyse because he had no direct comparisons.

"If you look at the car, you can see a big difference compared to the set-up we used for Malaysia, but driving it's hard to say, as I don't have a comparison to this track. It's cooler here than at the last two races; I felt more comfortable, but we'll see. It's tricky to say if we look competitive. McLaren look good in all conditions."